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“new Japanese Cuisine on exotic island in Thailand”
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Ranked #191 of 1,335 Restaurants in Ko Samui
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Japanese
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Adding cutting-edge design, a global lifestyle with modern luxuries to Thailand, the hip W Retreat Koh Samui also offers the ultimate culinary indulgence with its signature restaurant, Namu. Taking its name from the Korean word for wood, Namu combines the basic life elements to create a new culinary world that embodies Asia Tomorrow. Stylish individual elements underline the minimal clean lines of the decor that sets the scene for inventive Japanese cuisine. Step through the dramatic entrance surrounded by an enchanting water feature inside, subdued lighting suffuses the dining area with a intimate vibe. A dramatic textured ceiling spirals downwards, flanked by green glass rods, representing bamboo. Diners can opt to sit outside on the beachside terrace, at one of the six tables indoors, or at the best seats in the house - along the counter of the open kitchen for a firsthand glimpse of the action. The innovative menu at Namu offers a diversity of dining experiences, re-interpreting influences from around Asia and especially Japan, while retaining intrinsic flavor profiles. In keeping with the traditional Asian concept of dining, a shared table concept that celebrates the compatible textures and flavors is encouraged. Cutting-edge and daring, Namu is a sensual dining experience that constantly re-invents itself, while showcasing the Asia of tomorrow.
Reviewed February 9, 2013

During a holiday trip to the beautiful exotic Thai island of Koh Samui my wife and I, both food and wine lovers, went twice to "Namu". "Namu" is the top-restaurant of the modern-chique "W Retreat" at the Northernmost point of the Island. A buggy brings you from the sleek hotel lobby to the restaurant at the beach. Arriving at "Namu" feels more like entering a hip club in Ibiza than a Japanese restaurant in Thailand. Service is friendly although it lacks some of the typical Thai warmth. The quality of the food is great though, a modern, international interpretation of the great Japanse culinary heritage. We started with extremely fresh sushi, including excellent fat tuna belly and great unagi / eel. The pasta with lobster was superb, the sauce both rich and spicy, the quality of the lobster amongst the best ever tasted. We finished once with excellent Waggyu and once with perfect lamb. The drinks-list is rather poor for sake and OK for wine, but the German "Spätburgunder" (Pinot Noir) paired very well with the food.

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Reviewed February 6, 2013

Lovely location and nice food (although varying quality). The staff were a little pretentious and they need to improve the offering of wine by the glass. Relatively expensive when compared to other offerings on Koh Samui.

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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Woah, we burned thru £200 in a rushed 45 minute meal! The only thing memorable about it was the price. Everything else was so ordinary and uninspired, I just can't get over this place. Service was fine, so thanks to the team there for that.

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Reviewed January 15, 2013

Namu must have mixed up our booking with another one. We were offered complementary set menu dinner. When we were half way through the meal, the manager came over and explained the confusion. Namu insisted on taking care of the bill, of which its generosity was appreciated.
The food and wine we had were great. I recommend anyone who enjoys up market authentic Japanese to give Namu a go.

1  Thank JenTse
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Reviewed January 6, 2013

The place is really amazing, as the whole W retreat is.. no suprise here... And the food would be very nice as well, if it wasnt for the ketchup-y sauce they put on everything.. they call it spicy beans sauce, tastes just like ketchup and mayo.. and covers everything else. We had 2 really nice rolls, one of them with the ketchup, amazing miso soup, duck and lobster salad and lobster with noodles (both covered in the red sauce !!). I asked the waitress why they destroy all the lovely taste, all she said was the chef thinks the red sauce fits very well with their food.. real shame.. could be a great dining experience in an amazing place..

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